Jennifer Gareis

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Jennifer Gareis
Jennifer Gareis.jpg
Gareis attending the second issue release of "Girls Gone Wild Magazine" Party at Les Deux, Hollywood, June 4, 2008
Born Jennifer Gareis
(1970-08-01) August 1, 1970 (age 48)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Title Miss New York USA 1994
Bobby Ghassemieh (m. 2010)
Children 2
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss USA 1994 (Top 6)

Jennifer Gareis (born August 1, 1970[1]) is an American actress and former beauty queen. She is best known for her roles as Grace Turner on The Young and the Restless (1997–2004, 2014) and as Donna Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful (2006–).

Early life[edit]

Gareis was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and graduated from J. P. McCaskey High School in 1988.[2][3] She graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, then earned a Master's of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University.[1][3] She is of part Italian descent.[4] Her great-grandmother Sebastiana Tringali came from Militello in Val di Catania, and the city gave her the honorary citizenship.[5]


Gareis competed in her first beauty pageant in 1992 when she placed second runner-up at Miss Pennsylvania USA. She later competed in New York, winning the Miss New York USA 1994 title, and representing New York in the Miss USA 1994 pageant held in South Padre Island, Texas on February 11, 1994. Gareis placed in the top six of the nationally televised pageant, which was won by Lu Parker of South Carolina.[6]

Gareis later began an acting career and landed the role of Grace Turner on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, which she played from 1997 to 2000 and again in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2014. She is best known for her current role as Donna Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful, a role she has played intermittently since July 2006. She was ranked #90 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Gareis married Bobby Ghassemieh on March 7, 2010. On June 11, 2010, Gareis gave birth to a son,[7] Gavin Blaze Gareis Ghassemieh.[2] Daughter Sophia Rose Gareis Ghassemieh was born June 29, 2012.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces Unknown uncredited
1997–2004, 2014 The Young and the Restless Grace Turner Contract role: 1997–1999, Recurring role: 2000–2002, 2004, 2014
1997 Private Parts Coed
1997 Lifebreath Elevator Woman
1998 Enough Already Unknown
2000 Gangland Sarah
2000 Luckytown Sugar
2000 The 6th Day Virtual Girlfriend
2000 Miss Congeniality Tina
2001 College Try Christine
2001 Diagnosis: Murder Thalia Roselawn Episode: "Less Than Zero"
2001 Downward Angel Woman
2001 Feather Pimento Woman in Green Short
2001 What Boys Like Brooke
2002 Air Strike Charlie
2002 Boat Trip Sheri
2005 Veronica Mars Cheyenne Episodes: "A Trip to the Dentist" and "Leave It to Beaver"
2005 Venus on the Halfshell Honey O'Hara
2006– The Bold and the Beautiful Donna Logan Contract role: July 20, 2006 – February 18, 2015; October 2018 –
Recurring role: March 2015 – September 2018
2006 Escape Ecstatic Blonde Short
2007 Panic Button Susan
2014 Infernal Sarah
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Handsome Harbor Actress Episode: "Kristen Schaal Wears Strawberry Colored Pants and a Multicolored Shirt"


  1. ^ a b "Jennifer Gareis". The Bold and the Beautiful official website (CBS). Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Jennifer Gareis Bio (Donna, B&B)". Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Jennifer Gareis '93". Franklin and Marshall College Athletics. 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
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  5. ^ Garrett, Tommy (May 24, 2009). "Bella Jennifer Gareis Honored In Italy". Canyon News. Beverly Hills, California. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  6. ^ Lemieux, Josh (1994-02-11). "Miss South Carolina Crowned Miss USA". The Associated Press.
  7. ^ Leon, Anya (June 17, 2010). "Jennifer Gareis Welcomes a Son". People. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2016. The Bold and the Beautiful actress, 39,....
  8. ^ "Baby Girl For B&B Star". Soap Opera Digest. July 3, 2012. Archived from the original on September 16, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2016.

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Preceded by
Wendy Mock
Miss New York USA
Succeeded by
Shanna Moakler